The other station was #1 in the market, and its offices and studios had the fancy decor, equipment and accoutrements to match its ratings.
The following morning when I showed up at the grey, shabby, rundown 'EEI newsroom to relieve him on the desk, he had taped hand-drawn pictures of plants and artwork above the folders and cart racks.
Through her unparalleled writing and delivery, Irene has given New Yorkers a front row seat to more than a half century of riveting trials. also had the pleasure of presenting the New York Press Club's President's Award (posthumously) to our late Consulting Director, Peter O. I can still remember how thrilled he was when he learned he'd been hired at WCBS - even though he was never the type to jump for joy, his excitement and pride was clear.
But what I remember more was his wry and subversive sense of humor.
After one of the station's nattily-dressed salesmen strutted through the newsroom with an air of disdain, Dick would switch into self-assured mode and confidently stride across the room with a fake smile and firmly shake my hand: "Hi, Dick Spencer, Sales." One night, he came to visit me at another station where I worked part-time as a producer (we made far below union scale at 'EEI and many of us had second and third jobs).
After graduating from Northwestern, Jerry joined WCBS as a producer in 1967, where his hyperkinetic newsroom style involved wielding a ruler like a riding crop.
Following stints in Birmingham and Houston, he went to CNN, where he became chief of the cable channel's Beirut Bureau, leading to his capture by Hezbollah gunmen.
Irene has covered many of the biggest court trials of the past 50 years..OJ to Gotti [New York mob figure].
She told of how a Gotti goon once tried to intimidate her because "Mr. Bekker Memorial Scholarship Fund through the New York Press Club Foundation. A memory popped into my head earlier this evening and made me think: "I wonder if Dick Spencer is still at 88, or if he's retired by now?"Fidelio is my story," said Jerry Levin, ex-WCBS, in 1985 shortly after his miraculous escape from Muslim extremist hostage-takers in Lebanon.Almost an opera story, Jerry's wife, Sis, crisscrossed the Mideast seeking her husband's release. I check in occasionally, but perhaps not often enough. Just wanted to say how much I appreciate your website keeping track of the WCBS tradition.Also seated is Ken Banghart, afternoon news anchor.